Gift to the world

The Baptist Campus Ministry, located at 449 Normal Rd., will sell crafts from the Third World on a non-profit basis from Nov. 1 through Christmas. Our hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Judson Fellowship, our student organization, considers this sale our gift to the world. Students don’t often have a lot of money to give, but we can give our time and energy to sell these beautiful crafts, which in turn will help to feed many hungry people in the world.

The crafts are all handmade in workshops set up to benefit the workers. The money not used for salary and shipping goes to set up more workshops—opportunities for others to improve the life for them and their families in a way that gives them dignity. This also retains the folk art and special skills that might otherwise be lost.

Some wonder, “Why bother with the Third World?” The fact is, if we don’t bother, no one else will. You’ve often heard it said we should be part of the solution. Our overconsumption of luxury foods, for example, means exploited field workers go hungry while they work for pennies a day on pineapple plantations owned by rich corporations.

Not everybody can do something big, but we can all do something: shop more wisely, become better informed, and live more simply. The late Sen. Robert Kennedy said, “The test of progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

We invite everyone to visit and see these unique items.

Kurt Barker


Judson Fellowship